by on October 11, 2018
A team of computer scientists sifted through records of unusual Web traffic in search of answers. A set of cryptic data has inspired a years-long argument over its meaning. In June, 2016, after news broke that the Democratic National Committee had been hacked, a group of prominent computer scientists went on alert. Reports said that the infiltrators were probably Russian, which suggested to most members of the group that one of the country’s intelligence agencies had been involved. The...
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by on September 23, 2018
Donald Trump in Phoenix, Arizona. Since March this year, US President Donald Trump has started a creeping trade war with allies and rivals alike that threatens to deepen the global economic and political crisis. Trump has ordered the imposition of tariffs - effectively a tax on imports – on a variety of goods ranging from agricultural products to automobiles from China, the EU, Canada and other countries. This started with steel and aluminium in March, but extended to 1,333 Chinese ...
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by on September 11, 2018
How Bruce Ohr, President Trump’s latest Twitter target, fits a suspicious pattern of behavior on Russia. President Trump with President Putin in Helsinki in July. Trump’s odd affinity for Russia continues to cause him trouble. Donald Trump has a long history of doing what he thinks is best for Donald Trump. If he needs to discard friends, allies or wives along the way, so be it. “I’m a greedy person,” he has explained. It’s important to keep this trait in mind when trying to make se...
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by on August 23, 2018
Republican megadonors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson gave $25 million last month to the Senate Leadership Fund, the flagship super PAC charged with keeping the Senate in Republican hands, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission. The contributions are the first the Las Vegas casino magnate and his wife have made this cycle to the super PAC, which is closely aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Adelsons gave $30 million in May to the Congressional Leadersh...
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by on August 3, 2018
A homeless man sits on the sidewalk on a frigid day in Manhattan in December 2017 The economics of housing the homeless is a tricky equation, especially in New York City, which has a right-to-shelter mandate, meaning the city has to provide a temporary bed to anyone who needs it. Because of demand, the city often houses people in apartments and hotels where accommodations can be spotty and social services nonexistent. But one shelter in the Bronx, called Landing Road Residence, is ...
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by on July 25, 2018
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected President Trump’s latest effort to stop a lawsuit that alleges Trump is violating the Constitution by continuing to do business with foreign governments. The ruling, from U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte in Greenbelt, Md., will allow the plaintiffs — the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia — to proceed with their case, which says Trump has violated little-used anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution known as the emolume...
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by on June 28, 2018
A search warrant application unsealed on Wednesday revealed closer links than previously known between President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and a Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin. Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for U.S. President Donald Trump, departs after a hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, U.S., April 19, 2018. In an affidavit attached to the July 2017 application, an FBI agent said he had reviewed tax returns for a co...
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by on June 19, 2018
Amid President Trump’s headaches confirming cabinet secretaries, from neophyte Rex Tillerson to conflict-prone Scott Pruitt to unprepared Betsy DeVos, all of whom squeezed through, Wilbur Ross was a tonic. With his blue power suit and decades of dealmaking, he had the look and the résumé of a commerce secretary. And unlike his boss, Ross promised to divest from almost all his holdings upon entering government, drawing bipartisan praise en route to an easy confirmation. “You have really made ...
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by on June 12, 2018
A new report looks at the impact of speaking fees, free meals and other perks on New York doctors' prescribing habits New York doctors who accepted speaking fees, honoraria, meals and other forms of payment from opioid manufacturers started writing more prescriptions for the narcotic painkillers, according to an analysis from the New York State Health Foundation. When comparing physicians in similar specialties who historically prescribed similar amounts of opioids, the researchers fou...
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by on June 12, 2018
AT&T and Time Warner are not competitors; their proposed merger would be a so-called "vertical integration" of complementary companies. A federal judge on Tuesday gave his blessing to telecom giant AT&T's drive to take over the Time Warner media conglomerate. Judge Richard Leon rejected arguments by Justice Department lawyers that the combined company would be too large and too powerful, and that the $85 billion deal would harm competition and hurt consumers. Time Warner owns CNN, HBO,...
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by on June 6, 2018
Add Josh Kushner to the shortlist of major winners in Microsoft Corp.’s $7.5 billion purchase of GitHub Inc. Kushner’s New York-based venture fund, Thrive Capital, had invested about $150 million for a roughly 9 percent stake in the online platform for developers to share and work together on software code, according to a person familiar with the deal. It was both the firm’s largest investment and biggest return since Kushner founded Thrive a decade ago, the person said. Axios earlier rep...
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by on June 5, 2018
Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla., Aug 30, 2013. Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch on Tuesday announced his brother David Koch is stepping away from a day-to-day role with the family’s business for health reasons and is expected to take similar steps to unwind his involvement with the advocacy machine the Kochs have used to shape American politics. Charles Koch made the announcement via an email message sent to Koch Industries employee...
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